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nik.petek@arkeologi.uu.se # Posted on December 13, 2014 at 10:52

Nik Petek
Reply to Yu Wang

Sure, an ancient Greek would probably miss wetlands, but today we do not mean to study what ancient people would miss. Of course, it is important to notice what they would miss, since it would show what those people valued and how modern people have modified the landscape. But I perceive the study of ecology as more focused on studying the ecosystems – how they work, what species they have, the relationships between species etc. – in order to prevent complete destruction and loss of ecosystem diversity. It is to better understand what the current population is living in, and how to best live with the ecosystems surrounding human settlements and ecosystems that settlements are part of. The historical view is needed to understand how they changed, what disruptions they incurred, and what particularly can harm them.

While the view of an ancient Greek is important, he does not live on this planet anymore to take care of it or to destroy it.